WITH SUMMER JUST around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect time to highlight our favourite things to do on holiday for children on the Orihuela Costa this year.
Thoughts inevitably turn to summer holidays later this year, and early-bird sunseekers will be planning their summer getaways. Visitors will be looking to fill their time with exciting activities, and visit venues that will help to make their summer holidays just that little bit special.
Fortunately, the South Costa Blanca is full of fun things to do for the young ones, with local tourist destinations offering plenty of attractions catering for a youthful audience, while parents and grandparents can enjoy time in the sun with their children.
Play Cafe in Dehesa de Campoamor, Orihuela Costa
Discover a jungle-themed children's oasis replete with a play village, a large soft-play adventure zone, a video game zone, and a host of free-play toys for younger patrons.
Play Cafe in Dehesa de Campoamor combines a family-friendly casual dining cafe with integrated playtime experiences and specialises in fresh fruit smoothies and milkshakes.
An adult's menu offers a selection of healthy light bites such as paninis and a choice of sandwiches throughout the day, while the kid's menu focuses on food more acceptable to a younger audience, such as hot dogs and pasta.
Orihuela Costa Go Karts in Playa Flamenca, Costa Blanca
Perhaps nothing will wear out the little ones more than a frenzied afternoon of fun-packed adrenaline-fuelled racing action at Orihuela Costa Go Karts.
This particular local attraction is immensely popular all year round, and with one of the largest tracks in the area and great value prices, it's easy to see why.
It is one of the more exciting things to do, but parents need not worry, the venue is super-safe and well marshalled by a dedicated team of monitors on and off the track.
La Zenia's beaches in La Zenia, Orihuela Costa
La Zenia is home to not one, but two beaches. The main La Zenia beach, Cala Bosque, is large enough that there's plenty of space for everyone even in the height of summer.
It's a great choice for a family day out, with warm safe waters and Blue Flag accreditation certifying the cleanliness and clarity of the beach and its facilities.
During the summer months, the local town hall provides lifeguards, and watersports equipment is available for hire including jet-ski rental and other water skiing.
La Mosca Mini-Golf in Playa Flamenca, Orihuela Costa
Rooftop mini-golf anyone? The spectacular La Mosca Mini-Golf centre is a relatively new addition to the Orihuela Costa entertainment roster, with a refreshed course and a new layout for this year.
The concept is a simple one, with the added twist that the fairways of the mini-golf course occupy a rooftop setting overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
There are plenty of shaded areas to relax out of the sunlight, with a full bar serving drinks for children and adults alike.
Bar Lago Jardin in Los Balcones, Costa Blanca
Sporting one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in the local area, Bar Lago Jardin offers old fashioned family-friendly fun in the sun.
Kids (and grown-ups) will enjoy frolicking in the water all day long, and the super-safe baby pool is huge, surrounded by ornamental toads, slides, and water toys.
As the name might suggest, the on-site facilities include a full bar, and a cafeteria provides a menu of great value food that's popular with families looking for things to do on a budget.
Cine de Verano, Cabo Roig, Orihuela Costa
Quite literally “The Cinema of Summer”, Cine de Verano in Cabo Roig is an open-air outdoor cinema that opens only during the summer months between 1st July and 31st August each year.
The cinema shows family-friendly up-to-date popular movies in addition to classics from Pixar and Walt Disney, action movies and summer blockbusters, with a heavy emphasis on animated movies for children.
Previous titles shown at the Cine de Verano include Tom and Jerry, Free Guy, Fast and Furious 9, and Disney's Jungle Cruise.
Zenia Boulevard in La Zenia, Orihuela Costa
Zenia Boulevard packs more than 100 national Spanish and international shopping brands into an American style shopping mall centred around an Italian style Piazza.
But the mall is more than just the Costa Blanca's favourite shopping centre, and Zenia Boulevard offers live music performances and events year-round.
During the summer months, the venue offers daily entertainment for children, in addition to a bowling alley, a video arcade, and play fountains in the main square.
Campoamor Beach, Playa de la Glea in Orihuela Costa
When it comes to budget things to do, Campoamor takes the biscuit. Three kilometres of unspoilt white sandy beaches lapped by clear Mediterranean waters.
Several bars and restaurants provide food and drink along this part of the coastline, and slides and climbing frames provide entertainment for children.
The beach features an elevated walkway offering some wonderful sea views, and rock pools provide plenty of opportunities for kids to explore the local wildlife. Bucket and spade optional.
I Love Bike bicycle hire in La Zenia, Orihuela Costa
It's actually possible to cycle for many miles along the Mediterranean coastline, and the Orihuela Costa area has one of the longest off-road dedicated cycle lanes in Spain.
It's one of our favourite things to do, it's cheap, safe and family-friendly too. It is a great way to explore the local area and stop by hidden beaches and coves that you might not have otherwise found.
No bike? No problem. I Love Bike in La Zenia specialises in hiring out bikes for all sizes and ages. Hire a bike for a day or a week with budget prices and a choice of different styles of bicycle. For the adventurous, they even offer tandem bikes!
Our favourite things to do in Orihuela Costa
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